Ben Woodburn’s goal against Leeds last night meant he overtook Michael Owen’s record to become the club’s youngest every scorer.
It seems that Owen himself was unaware his record had been broken with a member of the crowd having to break the news to the former Liverpool man.
Discussing his reaction, he told PL TV, via Liverpoolfc.com: “When the goal went in I didn’t quite realise, but then the chap next to me said ‘that’s your record gone’. I’ve not got many records left!”
“I didn’t mind at all. I was actually at the stadium watching the game and it was brilliant to see him score.”
“It was nice to see and as we’ve heard he’s from in close proximity to where I live. We were both born and brought up in Chester so it’s great a local lad has taken my record.”
“He is a talent, a very good talent, a lot of the Academy staff have been thinking he’s one to watch for a number of years now.”
At least he isn’t bitter about it.
Owen had previously been Liverpool’s youngest scorer in history having found the back of the net at the age of 17 years, four months and 22 days in a game against Wimbledon on May 6, 1997.
He gets plenty of stick for questionable moves in his career and he always will, but Owen was a prolific striker on his day for us and if Woodburn comes anyway near to matching his success in a Liverpool shirt then he will have done okay.
There is a serious excitement surrounding the young man’s achievement and what he has the potential to go on and achieve.
His record breaking goal lifted the entire stadium and managed to disguise one of Liverpool’s less explosive attacking performances.
A week after a legendary Liverpool youth product retired from football, it seemed only right that an academy star of today would make the most of his turn in the spotlight.
Hopefully this is the first of many records the 17-year-old will go on to break.